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HelicopterCrashed? Discussion and Photos › Check this out guy Heli caught on fire ( fried up​)
04-06-2011 12:21 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Tommy8275

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Mount Juliet, TN

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This heli belong to a friend whos just involve in heli hobby couple weeks ago. He is new to a Lipo , what he did he went o purchased a charger from Hobbylobby with a multi charger he has used since than. But last week on Thursday he charge his battery to get ready for the next days coming . What he did he has no idea what Mah on the battery and how many cell ,he decided to charged by Auto and left inside the garage to have dinner with his wife inside the house. About half and hour he start to smell and the his garage alarm went off , when he went to check out he saw flame out on his heli about four feet. What he did he thrown the heli outside the garage and stop it. He told me he was panic dont know what to do. Check these picture that I took from his house. All the electronic are gone all top end electronic ( 4 8717, 1 8900G, Perfect regulator, YS 3DS , V-bar blue Full version 5.1 pro ) they're all fried. As you seen in the picture. I have no idea what he did it.

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04-06-2011 12:24 AM  6 years agoPost 2
Wingman77

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so was it set to nicad or something?

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04-06-2011 12:50 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Heli 770

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It Sucks. But, 1. He charged it in the Heli. 2. Charged it unattended.

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04-06-2011 01:03 AM  6 years agoPost 4
st99

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uniontown,​pennsylvania

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Should never leave them charging unattended. Mine are charged and inside a metal military munitions box and I still worry about them.

I just dont trust lipos, but they do work great.

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04-06-2011 01:11 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Tommy8275

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I have no idea what he did . All he told me that he set to auto and left for a dinner

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04-06-2011 01:13 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Tommy8275

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I told him you should never charged and left your battery on your equipment

Tommy K

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04-06-2011 08:02 PM  6 years agoPost 7
USAF Retired

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+1 st99...I do the same!

Terry

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04-06-2011 08:41 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Plano, Texas

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That helicopter is toasty!! Too bad. Expensive loss.

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04-06-2011 09:35 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Rafael23cc

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Junction City, KS

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None of my chargers have an "AUTO" setting when in _LIPO_ mode. He was most likely charging using _NiCd_ mode in the charger.

Rafael

Keep your feet on the ground, but your eyes on the sky.
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04-06-2011 10:03 PM  6 years agoPost 10
st99

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uniontown,​pennsylvania

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Yes Terry,
I wish that I would have bought a larger munitions box and fitted it with charging ports on the side. I still might do that though.
Thoes boxes are cheaper than a heli or garage. I would highly recomend them to anyone that uses Lipos.

st99

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04-07-2011 03:01 AM  6 years agoPost 11
michael88997

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Lewisville,Tx

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Glad to see it was only his heli and nothing more... Even nitro guys need to take lipos seriously. Never charge unattended, simple and can avoid any problems

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04-11-2011 02:06 PM  6 years agoPost 12
rudyy

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E. Amherst, NY

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That's bad. Your friend should have asked you how to use the charger if he was not sure. The damage is very costly ($800??). What an expensive lesson.

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04-11-2011 04:10 PM  6 years agoPost 13
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida​...28N 81W

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Now that sucks, but at lest he didn't lose his house.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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04-16-2011 04:39 AM  6 years agoPost 14
JoseA

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South Chicago

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Smokin' great learning project,

Glad it didnt take everything...God bless.

The ignored one

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04-16-2011 08:06 AM  6 years agoPost 15
Gorgin4325

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Florida

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Hi,

Sorry to see his loss.

When charging lipos I always use temperature sensors on all my chargers and set them to about 5 degrees higher than room temperature. Lipos should not get warm while charging at "recomended" C ratings. And if they do, the charger will beep and stop before the lipos get hot and catch fire.

Now that im thinking about this, lipos do get HOT before they catch fire, right? Or is it more like a sudden explosion?

Hope this helps.

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G

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04-22-2011 11:14 PM  6 years agoPost 16
jamming

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rockport,wa

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I never ever charge when the batteries are in the helicopter. Sad story ! I feel for the guy !!!

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06-17-2011 02:53 AM  6 years agoPost 17
charlieoneseven

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Huntington Beach,​Ca. USA

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That's not very typical for a nitro machine to have a lipo battery in the first place. Then to charge it while still on the aircraft just a sad thing to see all fried up like that for no good reason.

I had a biplane crash once last year with a 6s pack onboard that started putting out lots of white smoke within seconds of impact. Spectators got to the plane before me and were stomping on and kicking the crashed plane parts around turning a few parts into a few hundred pieces. The one guy doing the most stomping asked me if I was going to take it home and helped me carry the bits back to my car. I put the pack in a lipo sack half burned up at the field and after getting it home it started smoking again so I took the sack out in the back yard and let it finish burning itself out before throwing it and the sack away hours later. I'll never forget that day or trust a crashed lipo again. They are nothing to mess with once they start to smoke and I store them in a metal box now.

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06-17-2011 03:00 AM  6 years agoPost 18
philip 01

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ft worth

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That's not very typical for a nitro machine to have a lipo battery in the first place.
very typical for the last couple of years.

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06-17-2011 03:27 AM  6 years agoPost 19
Twrecks600

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Round Rock, Texas

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very typical for the last couple of years.
+ 1

I have flown lipos in EVERYTHING I fly. Helis, planes, cars, etc...

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07-19-2011 01:57 PM  6 years agoPost 20
CX1

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Canada

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Talk about an expensive lesson learned

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